Cohen Residence

Los Angeles, California
Location
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Midcentury
  • Year
  • 2013
  • Square Feet
  • 6000
  • This project page was created by community member Abramson Teiger Architects

    With an established Hollywood writing and directing career and a busy family, Etan Cohen looked to create a space that served both as a creative home office and as a playful refuge for his wife and kids. Having written screenplays such as Tropic Thunder, Madagascar and Get Hard, Cohen’s comedic and approachable personality served as inspiration for the ATA design team. The project site was typical of a suburban lot in that it lacked views and natural light due to the closeness of neighbors. The solution was to configure the space as a loft-like modern treehouse with an inverted floorplan, positioning the primary living spaces on the top floor for maximum light exposure. This also opens up views to the famous Hollywood sign in the hills.

    The home is motivated by Mid-Century style, but also expresses a sense of California-cool.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    White brick creates a solid base for second-story wood paneling.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    Upon entry, one is greeted by an impressive three-story atrium, accented by steel-framed glass floors and topped with pitched roof ceilings.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    A living tree is stationed on the ground level, sprouting up through the multi-tier stairwell.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    The space is configured as a loft-like modern treehouse with an inverted floorplan, positioning the primary living spaces on the top floor for maximum light exposure.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    The minimal kitchen features a breakfast bar.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    An informal dining area sits just off the kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling windows on the second-story paired with wood-paneled walls make the room feel like it is up in the trees.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    The formal dining area, also on the top level of the home, features Mid-Century furniture and lighting.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    Translucent walkways keep an open concept feel. The client's art collection adds a playful touch.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    Glass is a prominent material used throughout the residence, seen from the very top of the structure in the form of expansive skylights and layered all the way down through the various levels of walkways. Not only does this articulate volume, but it also allows the natural light to stream through all levels of the home.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    The minimal master bedroom overlooks the back yard.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    The second story sits slightly pulled back on all sides to make room for peripheral skylights, allowing natural light to permeate into the lower levels.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    On the basement level is Cohen’s home office – which embraces the more industrial aesthetic of the surrounding building materials. The space is graced with natural light that trickles down through the home’s transparent layers, something unusual for a basement. Cohen is a collaborator and he wanted his space to support a communal and creative environment. A separate entrance allows people to come and go without disturbing the household. The walls are adorned with posters of the movies Cohen has accomplished throughout the years. The office also features a private screening room.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    Exposed concrete in the office bathroom compliments the raw materials seen throughout the basement level.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects

    The upstairs living spaces cascade outside onto a terrace, which perfectly looks East into the famous Hollywood sign up in the mountain.

    Photo Courtesy of Abramson Teiger Architects
    Posted By
    Abramson Teiger Architects
    @abramsonteiger
    Abramson Teiger Architects is a design firm based in Los Angeles, California. Our multi-faceted practice, initially focusing on single-family residences, now encompasses ecclesiastical commissions, educational facilities and varied commercial buildings. Our designs are inspired by an earnest desire to elevate the human soul, to facilitate connection, and to improve the lives of the people they serve. Our goal is to find the perfect balance in every physical space by merging boldly calculated yet deliberately spontaneous thinking to create experiential harmony. We’ve preserved constant design themes that reflect our Southern California roots while remaining inventive and progressive. Clean lines and striking forms are infused with layers of light and texture to maintain natural dimension and endless possibility. Through weaving the subtle and the sensational, we create spaces that are as unforgettable as they are functional.
    Everybody loves feedback. Be the first to add a comment.
    The author will be notified whenever new comments are added.